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Winter Mountaineering (5 Days)

Introduction Level - 5 days | Prices from £600.00

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 30 reviews

Have you ever fancied tackling some of the UK’s classic mountain days in winter but been worried about how to handle steeper snowy/icy rocky steps? Have you ever been on a winter walking day out and turned around at a difficult point? Or maybe you want to get up mountains in winter but not necessarily by the easiest route.

Any ground which would be Hands out of pockets terrain in summer turns into winter mountaineering territory. Essentially a summer scramble, but in the winter! If you lack the confidence or experience to embrace this, then considering a winter mountaineering course could unlock a whole world of stunning winter experiences for you and your friends.

You will usually be in a group of no more than four with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Re-visiting core winter movement skills using axe and crampons in ascent and descent.
  • In-depth practice on movement skills over grade I/II winter snow and ‘scrambling’ type terrain.
  • Use of a climbing harness & ropes.
  • Constructing and using snow anchors (such as buried axe, snow bollard and Deadman)
  • Selecting and using natural rock anchors
  • Abseiling using snow anchors
  • Avalanche awareness and risk assessment and it’s implications for safe route choice.
  • Winter navigation

Been 5 days this course allows use the time to cover a variety of areas and venues in the cairngiorms as well as, venues such as Creag Meagaidh, and/or Ben Nevis

Evening lecture topics may include winter hazards, winter navigation and avalanche awareness.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

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Dates & Prices

13/01/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
20/01/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
27/01/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
03/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
10/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
17/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
24/02/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
02/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
09/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
16/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00
23/03/20
Cost (with accommodation): £725.00
Cost (no accommodation): £600.00

Is It For Me?

Develop an in-depth practical knowledge of all the skills required to tackle winter ‘scrambling’ type terrain, up to grade I/II, on Britain’s mountains. It makes the assumption that you have good solid core winter movement skills e.g. use of an ice axe in both ascent/descent as well as crampons.

To get the most from this course previous summer scrambling experience would be useful. Previous winter walking experience (including use of axe and crampons) is essential.

Course Aims

To introduce you to the technical skills to tackle winter ‘scrambling’ type terrain, up to grade I/II on Britain’s mountains.

Course Content

You will usually be in a group of no more than four with one instructor. Meeting your instructor on the first morning provides an opportunity to discuss everyone’s experience and aspirations enabling the instructor to plan the programme based around these. The main topics to be covered are:

  • Re-visiting core winter movement skills using axe and crampons in ascent and descent.
  • In-depth practice on movement skills over grade I/II winter snow and ‘scrambling’ type terrain.
  • Use of a climbing harness & rope.
  • Constructing and using snow anchors (such as buried axe, snow bollard and Deadman)
  • Selecting and using natural rock anchors
  • Abseiling using snow anchors
  • Avalanche awareness and risk assessment and it’s implications for safe route choice.
  • Winter navigation

 

 

Evening lecture topics may include winter hazards, winter navigation and avalanche awareness.

The programme is fairly flexible taking into account individual needs and aims, weather, etc.

What Will I Need?

Glenmore Lodge has a large, comprehensive store of up-to-date clothing and equipment. You are welcome to use your own equipment and pick and choose odd items from the store. Your instructor will want to check that personal equipment is appropriate for the activity.  If you are thinking about buying equipment (things like ice axe, boots and crampons) but are not too sure what to get we would advise you to come and try our equipment and then make your purchases after the course.

What we can supply?

  • Waterproof jackets and trousers
  • Plastic Boots
  • Gaiters
  • Crampons
  • Ice Axes
  • Helmets
  • Day Sac
  • Any technical equipment if applicable

What will you need to bring? Listed here are the essentials; this is not an exhaustive list.

  • Thermals or suitable under clothing
  • Insulating layers – at least one mid weight and one warm fleece layer
  • General trekking trousers are recommended, not jeans though.
  • Thick socks (several pairs)
  • Spare fleece/insulated jacket
  • Waterproof jacket (with a good hood)
  • Waterproof over-trousers or salopettes
  • Hat & balaclava plus spare
  • Mitts & gloves
  • Ski goggles (should have double lens to avoid misting up)
  • Whistle
  • Compass – Silva type 4 recommended
  • Maps and waterproof map case. 1:50,000 map of the Cairngorms
  • Headtorch
  • Rucksack liner
  • Vacuum Flask & Water Bottle
  • Box or bag for packed lunch.
  • Survival Bag – Plastic type
  • Personal toiletries, medications & personal first aid kit (towels are provided)
  • Suncream

We have a small pool, gym & climbing wall – so any relevant kit (including spare towel)

Remember the price is all inclusive We want our customers to easily know what their course will cost, up front and in the open.  Accommodation on the night before and the nights during your course, pick up from the train station (Friday and Sunday evenings only), breakfast, lunch, cake break and dinner are all included. All transportation on the course, centre facilities & any equipment you borrow are also part of the package

Course Pre-Requisites

Summer scrambling useful, winter walking essential. Be comfortable in use of crampons and ice axe. A physically demanding course.

Course Rating: 5.0 Rated 5.0 out of 5 based on 30 reviews Read all reviews

I normally do not do any reviews but these guys definitely deserve it!
The entire lodge is like a well-oiled machine and there really is nothing to complain about. I would go back, for sure!
kristian pedersen Reviewed on 27/03/2016
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Michael Facchini Reviewed on 26/03/2016
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Absolutely spot on. Would recommend. Would do another Glenmore course without hesitation.
Matthew Flynn Reviewed on 20/03/2016
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Very good course. Useful to have the instructors talk through their decision making when they changed plans and reacted to the weather. Learnt a lot and hope to do lots more soon.
Frances Grier Reviewed on 17/03/2016
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A good course that is largely tailored to the groups experience and needs.
Stephen Corlett Reviewed on 14/03/2016
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Columb Strack Reviewed on 08/03/2016
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I would have preferred more information pre joining about the first day briefing timetable and what to have packed for the first day on the mountain. Other than that excellent.
Huw Davies Reviewed on 06/03/2016
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The overall experience was excellent. The course, accommodation, and instructor were all excellent.
Robert Skilton Reviewed on 04/03/2016
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A challenging and exciting week that taught a lot and pushed me to my limits
Ashley Bennett Reviewed on 29/02/2016
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Really enjoyed the entire process, very informative and learned loads.
Tom Gallon Reviewed on 24/02/2016
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This was a great introduction to winter mountaineering in Scotland and the course was structured to maximise even the worst conditions and weather that Scotland could throw our way... I have returned wanting more and perhaps even to try out winter climbing in the very near future... Highly recommended to anyone - just go for it!
Kirsty-Jane Birch Reviewed on 21/02/2016
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Excellent.
Simon Todd Reviewed on 21/02/2016
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Oliver Price Reviewed on 20/02/2016
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Excellent, that says it all.
Trevor Hogg Reviewed on 15/02/2016
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One lecture per night might have been better.
Jonathan Edwards Reviewed on 14/02/2016
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Fantastic course, with loads of new skills, taught by enthusiastic and enormously knowledgeable instructors who were huge fun to be around. Evening lectures and food were terrific. Massively recommended.
Michael Canty Reviewed on 14/02/2016
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The course was amazing! However it would have been good if our group had been split into the two smaller groups so that we could have had more time with the instructors and able to view the demos more easily. I thoroughly enjoyed the course but feel that I could have learnt more had we split the groups. The lodge itself is excellent, the food amazing and the facilities are brilliant, however it would be good to update the site to show that the sauna is no longer available. This course has been fantastic and I can't wait to do more mountaineering.
Sarah Stead Reviewed on 14/02/2016
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Cannot fault this course and the Lodge/staff in general. Total proessionalism from the guides. Bill was outstanding. Attentive, entertaining, inspiring as well as the expected qualities of knowledgeable and professional. I can and will recommend this course and glenmore Lodge to friends for a long time to come
Mike Solan Reviewed on 10/02/2016
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Ben Proudman Reviewed on 08/02/2016
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Niall Looney Reviewed on 08/02/2016
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Excellent! Five full-on days in the stunning Scottish mountains despite some pretty challenging weather conditions.
Sally Woodbridge Reviewed on 08/02/2016
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Mark Hughes Reviewed on 07/02/2016
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The five-day course gave us the chance to learn about and practise a comprehensive range of skills.
Andy Hemsted Reviewed on 25/01/2016
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Yue Hin Pong Reviewed on 25/01/2016
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I feel very pleased with the course that i attended at the Lodge. Personable instructors, great knowledge and quality accommodation.

i've been to Glenmore lodge for years and i will be coming back.
Matt Dawson Reviewed on 24/01/2016
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Last minute switch to 5 day winter skills. Can't fault the course, the lodge,the food or the instructor, excellent all round and very lucky with the weather most days. Shame about the sauna but look forward to returning when the refurb is up and running.
Andrew Balme Reviewed on 24/01/2016
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Ewan McCormack Reviewed on 18/01/2016
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Fantastic and invaluable winter experience with lots of great people.
Sam Merriman Reviewed on 18/01/2016
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I perhaps would have gotten more out of this if my fitness was higher. Weather seemed to dictate we spend a lot of time on navigation and avi awareness.
RICK MORTELLRA Reviewed on 17/01/2016
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I feel I entirely got my money's worth.
Thomas Carr-Griffin Reviewed on 17/01/2016
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What’s included on your course

  • Instruction
  • Use of kit
  • Shuttle bus to Glenmore Lodge (departs Aviemore station 5:20pm on Friday and Sundays)
  • Packed lunch and afternoon tea each day
  • In-course transport

What’s included if you choose the residential option – As above PLUS

  • Bed in shared en-suite room – available from 3pm on day before your course starts *

(Single rooms may be available for a supplementary charge, please ask at reception when you arrive)

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner for each course day (except one day and back-to-back courses)
  • Use of the facilities at Glenmore Lodge
  • Linen is provided along with a towel, you may wish to bring an extra towel if you would like to use the facilities or are on a paddlesport course

Arriving at Glenmore Lodge

  • For more information on travel to the Lodge click here
  • Your first inclusive meal is breakfast (7:45 -8:30am) An evening meal is not provided on your arrival night, but bar meals are available in our Lochain bar 5pm to 9pm (5-7pm on Mondays and Tuesdays)
  • Packed lunches are collected at breakfast
  • On Mondays and Saturdays only there will be a 10 minute welcome talk at 8.15am, on other days you will meet your instructor at 9am. The daily programme of your course will be discussed with your instructor when you first meet, taking into account aspirations and prevailing weather conditions

On your last day

  • Check out time is 10am on the final day of your booking, we have changing areas, showers and left luggage facilities on site
  • All courses will finish by 5pm
  • On Fridays and Sundays we offer a drop off to Aviemore station, leaving Glenmore Lodge at 5pm, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to book this service

*some exceptions – see detailed course notes

Can’t find what you’re looking for? Check our FAQ’s here or contact us on [email protected] or 01479 861256

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